Martin Luther King  Jr  Day of Service and Learning 2023

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and Learning 2023

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Bowling Green State University will observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 16, 2023, with a day of service and learning. The MLK Day of Service and Learning will be an opportunity for the BGSU campus community to come together to learn and reflect on contemporary issues through the Symposium on Diversity and connect with the Bowling Green, Ohio, and greater Northwest Ohio community by performing community service activities on and off the BGSU campus throughout the day.

How to Get Involved

On and off campus partners should sign up with BGSUserves and join the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and Learning page. This will be the central “hub” for all on and off campus learning and service events.  

If you have any questions or concerns about the 2023 MLK Day of Service and Learning, please email Amanda Anastasia Paniagua at

Tentative Schedule/Format for the Day


Check in 
Opening remarks for Symposium on Diversity 
Symposium Keynote Address 
Poster presentation session

Afternoon to late afternoon

Concurrent on and off campus service opportunities  

A History of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at BGSU

This history was researched and compiled by Amanda Anastasia Paniagua (PhD student in Higher Education Administration). If you have questions, please e-mail her at

1965: Rev. King sent a letter inviting BGSU faculty and staff to participate in a voter registration and education program the following summer (The BG News, January 8, 1965).  

Meeting minutes from January 7, 1965, confirms the letter was read by the then student council president. It is unclear where the letter went after that reading, but its existence is a testament to the potential Dr. King saw in BGSU faculty and students at the time.

Three BGSU students volunteering at the soup kitchen

Updated: 11/21/2022 01:16PM